Palace produce a 189/1 shock to give title race a boost


Kevin De Bruyne's overhit cross sailed in five minutes from time but Pep Guardiola's side were unable to undo the damage in the late rally that followed.

Manchester City lost ground to Liverpool in the Premier League title race on Saturday as Crystal Palace registered a shock 2-3 victory at the Etihad, which included a goal of the season contender from Andros Townsend.

Palace, trailing to Gundogan's well-placed headed opener, turned the game on its head with two goals in as many minutes just after the half hour.

The defeat was City's second in three league games and handed the title initiative to Liverpool. We played good. Their second goal was an incredible goal.

Andros Townsend scored a remarkable volley from 30 yards for Crystal Palace in their 3-2 win at Manchester City.

The result leaves Liverpool four points clear at the top of the table, after 18 matches.

City's right-back, Kyle Walker, had an afternoon to forget at The Etihad Stadium as he was given a torrid time of it defensively - an ill-judged tackle led to Palace scoring a third from the penalty spot, while his final delivery when attempting to put in crosses left plenty to be desired. For the Blues, the team had over twice as many shots as Leicester (17-8) and two more shots on goal, yet couldn't find the net.

Palace survive nervy finish to stun Man City

City had not lost any of their previous 52 league games against teams outside the traditional "big six", a run dating back almost two years to a defeat at Everton in January 2017.

The win moves Palace up to 14th and leaves a healthy six-point gap to the bottom three at Christmas as the team continue their recovery from a sluggish start to the season.

Meanwhile, Manchester United's post-Jose Mourinho era started in spectacular style, with a 5-1 crushing of hosts Cardiff City.

"Footballers do good things and bad things but everyone else is involved too, those at the front as well as at the back", the former Barcelona manager said.

Nathan Redmond, Danny Ings, with a penalty, and Michael Obafemi scored as Southampton won 3-1 at Huddersfield, a second straight win for new manager Ralph Hasenhuettl. The honours fell to Luka Milivojevic who finished easily for a three-goal lead. Even the Spurs fans - a notoriously pessimistic bunch always forecasting the club's best player being sold to Real Madrid or a late-season collapse set to hit once all the luck runs out - are buying into the idea of Spurs having real staying power as one of the PL's elite sides.

Bournemouth are also level on points with Manchester United as David Brooks's double beat 10-man Brighton 2-0, who had England worldwide Lewis Dunk sent off.

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